Biosecurity

Cotton growers play a key role in protecting Australia's plant and livestock industries from pests ad diseases by implementing sound biosecurity measures on-farm.  myBMP Biosecurity module provides simple practices you can implement in your day to day operations, to improve your own biosecurity risk.  Implementing strong biosecurity measures on your farm will help protect your enterprise and the broader industry from the introduction and spread of insects, weeds and diseases.  

Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility, growers are at the frontline for early detection and immediate reporting suspect insects, weeds and disease on farms.  Australia has a world class biosecurity system, but as long as international trade and people movements occur, there will always be a risk of new plant pests entering the country.  Pests can also be spread to Australia through natural means, such as wind and water currents.

Changes to the Biosecurity legislation have been approved in NSW and QLD. The Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014 commenced on 1 July 2016. The framework will ensure that all people will have obligations to take reasonable and practical steps to prevent and minimise biosecurity risks. Further information can be found at NSW Department of Primary Industries and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

 

Did you know?  In the past decade alone, we've seen the volume of air passenger grow by 80%, sea containers by 82% and bulk cargo increase by 16% - so we need legislation that not only safeguards our primary industries and our environment from increased threats of pest and disease, but also allows us to manage these threats in the most efficient way possible.



Key Area: People

People are made aware of biosecurity

Check List:

Level 1

As part of shared responsibility, everyone is doing what is reasonable and practical to manage biosecurity risks under their control that they know about or should reasonably be expected to know about

Level 2

All farm personnel, consultants, contractors and visitors are made aware of farm biosecurity requirements (e.g. signage, staff communication, visitor register)

Level 2

All farm personnel, consultants and contractors are briefed on action to be taken in the event of identifying unusual pests or plant symptoms or a potential exotic pest / disease / weed

Level 3

The farms biosecurity plan is communicated to all staff

Level 3

An on-farm biosecurity training component is included in staff inductions

Level 3

A documented farm biosecurity plan has been prepared for the farm which assesses the risk of insect, weeds and diseases entering the farm, and how these risks are minimised / managed


Key Area: Crops

All crops and farm inputs are monitored

Check List:

Level 1

Exotic pests and notifiable incidents, such as unexpected crop failures, abnormally high mortality rates in plants or sudden and unexplained fall in production, must be reported to a State Department Officer or by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline

Level 2

All crops are regularly monitored

Level 3

Ensure all farm inputs (seed, fertiliser and stock fodder) that are brought onto farm are pest free. Records are kept of farm inputs and where they came from

Level 3

Growers and farm managers are using property zoning to implement biosecurity on-farm


Key Area: Vehicle, machinery and equipment

Manage movement and cleanliness of vehicles, machinery and equipment

Check List:

Level 2

All machinery, vehicles and equipment entering cotton production areas are inspected for any soil and plant debris and, if found, cleaned in the wash down facility before they are moved both on and off your property

Level 3

A designated parking area is provided for visiting vehicles and contractor equipment that is away from paddocks or production areas

Level 3 Farm vehicles are used to transport visiting people around the farm